How to: Choose a Hosting Service for WordPress

Here are the best hosting services for WordPress, from my point of view, and for different reasons. I often hear people having issues with their hosting so I would like to recommend you some.

In short: choose WPEngine. A cheaper option? There is! Go for FlyWheel, they are excellent as well. Another good option is Kinsta. You actually don’t want to spend much, and just play a little? Hostgator is for you.

The Weird Ones

I start with the weird ones as they are the one you might know but should probably avoid. and are often confused due to their similar names, but they serve different purposes:

  1. is the home of the free, open-source WordPress content management system (CMS) that can be downloaded and installed on any web host. Many hosting services offer one-click installations of WordPress.
  2. is a commercial website hosting platform created by Automattic, a company founded by Matt Mullenweg, who also created

Although uses the WordPress CMS, it is a separate entity from the open-source project. Automattic generates revenue by hosting websites and selling plugins such as JetPack, WooCommerce, and Akismet. In contrast, the open-source WordPress project is managed by a community of developers unrelated to Automattic.

While offers a streamlined hosting experience, users can also install WordPress through other hosting providers, many of which offer pre-installed WordPress options for ease of use.

The Best Ones

By order of preferences (as of 2024):

WPEngine (~25$ / month)

This is my reference in terms of service, quality, and reliability. That’s where I would host the websites I need absolutely to be safe and accessible at all times (this current website, for example). Security, caching, backup, everything is included, you copy your website to a staging environment, modify it, switch it back to production, etc. The support team is extremely knowledgeable, your issues will always be fixed. WPEngine is extremely solid.

I have this current website running on it and also my main blog Offbeat Japan.

FlyWheel (~13$ / month)

They have a nice offer for small websites, only at 13$ / month! Their UI is great, there is everything you need, it’s fast and simple. Not only that but you can also use their tool called Local; with it, you can develop your website on your own machine, and then synchronize it with the production server. Really an amazing service. It’s owned by WPEngine.

Kinsta (~30$ / month)

Kinsta embraces the Google Cloud. The speed and the service are really good, and I enjoyed using it for 2-3 years. I am however not currently using it.

The Cheap Ones

HostGator (~2.75$ / month)

If you want to play with your first websites, are not sure where you are going, and just want to create many installs and have this sense of freedom with unlimited space, bandwidth and all that, then HostGator is for you. It’s very cheap and you can do it all. It’s not the fastest servers, you will need to handle the security and the backup, but if you are willing to spend time, you’ll enjoy it. For geeks.